The highly anticipated and beloved Final Fantasy series returns with the release of Final Fantasy 13. I'm heading straight towards Final Fantasy 13 as I can't ignore my childhood playing through just about all the Final Fantasy's so far. Anything else striking your fancy? As you may have noticed from the Nintendo Download: Max & The Magic Marker became available today so that's something else to think about. Here's the lowdown on other releases.
MARCH 8, 2010
Max & the Magic Marker--WiiWare--TGC
MARCH 9, 2010
Final Fantasy XIII--360, PS3--Square Enix
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition--360, PS3--Capcom
Assassin's Creed 2--PC--Ubisoft
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger--PSP--Aksys Games
Sam and Max 2: Beyond Time and Space--Wii--Atari
The Daring Game for Girls--DS--Majesco
MARCH 10, 2010
Scrap Metal--360--Slick Entertainment
MARCH 11, 2010
Mega Man 10--PS3--Capcom
Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising--PC--THQ
Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II: Gold Edition--PC--THQ
Spectral Force Genesis--DS--Ignition
Those of you Mac users out there who are strained about getting your PC gaming on will have a much easier time now that Valve Software has officially announced that Steam will be heading to your Macs. Their library of titles include the likes of Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal and the Half-Life series will all be available starting in April.
"As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients," said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. "The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services."
"Our Steam partners, who are delivering over a thousand games to 25 million Steam clients, are very excited about adding support for the Mac," said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve. "Steamworks for the Mac supports all of the Steamworks APIs, and we have added a new feature, called Steam Play, which allows customers who purchase the product for the Mac or Windows to play on the other platform free of charge. For example, Steam Play, in combination with the Steam Cloud, allows a gamer playing on their work PC to go home and pick up playing the same game at the same point on their home Mac. We expect most developers and publishers to take advantage of Steam Play."
"We looked at a variety of methods to get our games onto the Mac and in the end decided to go with native versions rather than emulation," said John Cook, Director of Steam Development. "The inclusion of WebKit into Steam, and of OpenGL into Source gives us a lot of flexibility in how we move these technologies forward. We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360. Updates for the Mac will be available simultaneously with the Windows updates. Furthermore, Mac and Windows players will be part of the same multiplayer universe, sharing servers, lobbies, and so forth. We fully support a heterogeneous mix of servers and clients. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows."
Portal 2 will be Valve's first simultaneous release for both Mac and PCs.
Yes, Final Fantasy 13 may be releasing on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, but Nintendo has part of that Final Fantasy craze all covered here. Final Fantasy II, which is actually Final Fantasy IV in Japan, makes its debut on the Virtual Console this morning. We also see the release of Max & the Magic Marker, which after doing a little search was a web-based flash game that was brought and expanded for Wii Ware gamers. Here are some of the other releases for this week.
Activision revealed the announcement of 10 Minute Solutions for the Nintendo Wii this morning. Based off of the DVD set which brings users a unique fitness experience.
“10 Minute Solution DVDs give users a unique fitness experience: customizable routines that fit into any lifestyle,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. “We’ve taken this concept and combined it with the interactivity of the Wii, creating a new kind of workout that gets results.”
10 Minute Solution combines the ease of the popular fitness DVDs with casual gaming fun. The game allows players to construct regimens from a wide variety of 10 minute routine blocks, organized into three main categories: cardio boxing, mixed games and aerobics. 10 Minute Solution is designed to captivate fitness enthusiasts and gamers alike with intense routines that play as a game, unlike other fitness games that simply have the player following a trainer on screen. The game is enhanced when played with the Wii Balance Board™, but still offers a fantastic workout without it.
The game will be available for a retail MSRP of $19.99 and the game has not yet been rated by the ESRB. More screenshots below.
A new Nintendo patent was discovered today showcasing a new catridge slot for the Nintendo DS. Could Nintendo be planning on ressurecting the Gameboy Advance slot they killed off from the first DS? Or could this be used for a new Micro SD Card slot? one can only guesstimate at this point. The application read:
"The broken lines showing of an electronic game machine is for illustrative purposes only.”